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The ADHD Foundation works in partnership with individuals, families, doctors, teachers and other agencies to improve emotional well being, educational attainment, behaviour and life chances through better understanding and self-management of ADHD, ASD and related learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, Irlen’s Syndrome, dyscalculia and Tourette’s Syndrome.
They also provide training for GP’s, Teachers, Social Care agencies and other professionals, raising awareness to bring about positive change and inclusion in mental health, education and employment.

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and it can continue through adolescence and into adulthood. Symptoms include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behaviour, and hyperactivity (over-activity).
ADHD is not an excuse for challenging or poor behaviour. It does offer, however, an explanation why some children struggle in some aspects of home and school life. Many schools now employ ‘brain-friendly’ styles of teaching and learning, including the implementation of the ‘Social and emotional aspects of learning’ (SEALS) initiative.
Increasingly educationalists recognise that the genetic imperative in the developing child is relationship-driven – and therefore, positive nurturing relationships with parents, siblings, peers and teachers all contribute the emotional development that underpins ‘intellectual development’. Happy children are better learners and grow in confidence and the emotional resilience needed to navigate their way through childhood into adulthood.

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